UKLA Academic Book Award

This award is presented annually for a recently published academic text about the development of literacy that will be of interest to teachers, students, consultants or HE tutors.

This award is presented annually for a recently published academic text about the development of literacy that will be of interest to teachers, students, consultants or HE tutors. The panel looks for books that make a lasting, significant contribution either to the teaching of English and literacy education at all stages, or to heightening engagement and motivation with reading.

The award invites nominations from a wide range of publishers of academic books. We welcome books that represent diversity in authorship and have appeal to a diverse, culturally inclusive readership.

The book receiving the award will fulfil many of the following criteria:

  • makes a distinctive and/or inspiring contribution to literacy education;
  • is based on sound, diverse and inclusive research, with explanations of relevant theory, references, and examples of practice;
  • promotes diversity; and, if visual illustrations and diagrams are used, wherever possible they represent diversity;
  • has the potential to be a rich and lasting resource for teachers, teacher educators or students;
  • encourages teachers, teacher educators and students to be reflective, innovative and creative;
  • is accessibly written and recognises a broad range of perspectives, experiences and voices;
  • is relevant to any or all key stages from early years to KS5;
  • is relevant to classroom practice, literacy teacher development or to community literacy practices or development projects;
  • if an edited collection, has a clear editorial voice that makes connections between articles and helps to build a coherent argument.

Panel Chair: to be confirmed

Submissions for the Academic Book Award 2022

This year, publishers are invited to submit relevant academic books published for the first time in the UK or Ireland between November 1st 2020 and October 31st 2021. Books may previously have been published in other countries, and translations are eligible.

Submissions should be made by 31st October 2021.

Enquiries: FAO Penny Manford  admin@ukla.org

Click here to submit your books for our 2022 award

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